* Down in Columbus thousands protested in the rain Tuesday against Senate Bill 5 which, if passed, abolishes collective bargaining for unions at the Statehouse here in Ohio and former Governor Ted Strickland joined them again -- whatta guy. I think/hope that John Kasich will be a one term governor and there are rumbling of a recall. All I wanna know is where do I sign on to help? When my ex worked in the office (non-union, of course) of one of the big steel companies here, if the United Steel Workers negotiated a raise in pay or benefits, he got raises. Maybe others didn't notice that but I did. It was 'trickle down' economics at it's finest.
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Quote of the Week:
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich made this powerful statement on his blog:
"So the problem isn’t that 'we’ve' been spending too much. It’s that most Americans have been getting a steadily smaller share of the nation’s total income.
At the same time, the super-rich have been contributing a steadily-declining share of their own incomes in taxes to support what the nation needs — both at the federal and at the state levels.
The coming showdowns and shutdowns must not mask what’s really going on. Democrats should make sure the public understands what’s really at stake."
Amen and hallelujah!
* Michelle Obama doesn't not deserve the cra . . . er . . . criticism that the Poster Child for Gross Obesity, Rush Limbaugh, has been heaping upon her. He says that she is is fat, She is 6'0" tall and weighs about 141 pounds. The camera adds 10 lbs. and, depending on one's ensemble, that can make one look heavier, too, as any woman can tell you. I think she looks pretty damned good. She's pretty buff because she works out regularly. Rush, whose only functioning muscles are around his mouth and nose (which will probably collapse), has no right to cast stones. She took her daughters skiing and they feasted on ribs. Big freaking deal. Anyone who skis will tell you it's good exercise. Before I was married, I liked to ski and can tell you that a day on the slopes works up a good appetite and a plate of ribs would be a great meal. And I'm betting they were baby beef ribs rather than pork spare ribs which are a lot less calories than the latter (and taste better, too!). Shut up, Rush! Only he who hath no sins can cast the first stone.
* I truly resent to the Republican's cavalier attitude about shutting down government on March 4th and am really scared because my only source of income are my Social Security checks as it is for many of us elders and I'm scared. AND it will shut down Medicare which might postpone my surgery next month depending on how long it lasts. Sigh. Do y'all think it will wake up the old Teabaggers to how their party really feels about them?
You can read about what happened the last time this stunt was pulled here. I was all set to write my Tea Party Congressman and then his newsletter appeared in my mailbox -- he actually thought it had been a good week in the House -- and I gave that idea up as a bad job. I can't fight that level of stupidity.
I think that I've hollered enough! I'll be around to visit soon.
Hope y'all are keeping warm!!!!!!